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  1. Jon Voss

    Meet the Teams: HuNI Virtual Lab


    Team: HuNI Virtual Lab

    Country: Australia

    Team Leader: Conal Tuohy

    Team Members: Alex Hawker, Deb Verhoeven, Richard Rothwell, Kerry Kilner

    The HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure Virtual Lab) project @HuNIVL will integrate a number of important cultural datasets in Australia and align them to a common ontology, store the data in a linked data store store, and will also build what is termed a ‘Virtual Laboratory’ (VL). A VL is an online environment of tools and services to allow specialist researchers to come together to perform certain computational research tasks with the possibility of uncovering new insights and research into Australia’s cultural landscape.

    The HuNI demonstrator the team want to empower the LODLAM with a means to extend current scholarly and collection data practices, using linked data, to support enhanced resource discovery. The power of data translation and ontology building can be put into the hands of the people through the development of digital methods, i.e. data captured in triples and linked that can then be pumped out into the linked data cloud. The approach defined in the HuNI demonstrator is designed to be reused to enable humanities researchers and information professionals in the GLAMs to become linked data “”makers”” and linked data service providers themselves.

    Multiple scholarly humanities datasets will be harvested in, transformed, aggregated and linked around a common ontology: Australian Media History Database; Media Archives Project; AustLit; Australian Dictionary of Biography; Design and Art Australia Online; Australian Women’s Register; Encyclopedia of Australian Science; Colonial Australian Popular Fiction; Find and Connect Victoria; eMelbourne: the Encyclopedia of Melbourne; Chinese-Australia Historical Images in Australia; Reason in Revolt, Source Documents of Australian Radicalism; Guide to Australian Business Records; Australian Trade Unions Archive; Circus Oz Living Archive; Australian Film Institute Research Collection; PARADISEC; AusStage; AUSTLANG; bonza; and National Library of Australia Party Infrastructure.

    The HuNI project is a partnership between 13 organisations and is led by Deakin University in Melbourne. Central to this partnership are the two lead development agencies – VeRSI and Intersect Australia – who are responsible for hosting Team HuNI and building the HuNI technical and ontological components through the successful execution of the project plan. The remaining ten partners (Macquarie University, University of Queensland, Australian National University, University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, RMIT, AIATSIS, Flinders University, University of Western Australia, and ACMI) are contributing as co-operators and co-developers by providing a significant cultural dataset and/or tool for integration into the HuNI Virtual Lab, and actively engaging in the HuNI community.

  2. Jon Voss

    Meet the Teams: Metayogi


    Team: Metayogi

    Country: Canada

    Team Leader: Karim Tharani

    Team Members: Doug Macdonald, Rachel Heidecker

    Metayogi is a design tool that allows teams to collaboratively build LOD applications that model, collect, showcase and share metadata from multiple sources to support thematic research, learning and discovery.


  3. Jon Voss

    Meet the Teams: Linked Open Bibliographies


    Team: Linked Open Bibliographies

    Country: United States

    Team Leader: Kevin Clair

    Team Members: Dawn Childress

    Our team is looking into developing an approach for building and publishing linked open bibliographies, including tools for storing bibliographic data and annotations, and markup approaches for publishing these citations as linked open data.

  4. Jon Voss

    2013 LODLAM Summit Update, additional spots


    This is a quick update on the 2013 LODLAM Summit.  By tomorrow, official acceptances will be going out to everyone who has applied so far.  We’ve got an amazing group coming together from around the world and I’ll be posting attendees as they are confirmed (or as I figure out a better way for importing users with WP Multisite/BuddyPress) on the site.  We also have 4 teams registered for the Challenge already, with several more lined up.  Remember, December 1 is the last day to post your Challenge entries in the first heat.  Let me know if you have any questions.

    We have some great news in that we’ve been able to add more spots for the Summit.  Because of this, we will now allow up to 2 delegates per institution, and will have a rolling admission.  I’ve added 40 spots that will be available on a first come, first served basis, and the number of spots available will be posted near-realtime at http://summit2013.lodlam.net/apply.  I’ve heard from a lot of people who weren’t able to secure travel funding prior to the Nov. 1 deadline, so this gives people a bit more time to sort that out.

    Thanks everyone for continuing to spread the word about the LODLAM Summit.  This will be an amazing event to connect with people and projects around the world within this space and give us a unique chance to collaborate and work together toward common goals.

    Chair of the 2013 LODLAM Summit Organizing Committee

  5. Jon Voss

    Meet the Teams: Aimfull Archivists


    Team: Aimfull Archivists

    Country: United Kingdom

    Team Leader: Geoff Browell

    Team Members: Rory McNicholl

    This project from the archive aggregation website, AIM25, which publishes the descriptions of more than 120 archive institutions in the London area, seeks to use the UKAT Linked Data service to facilitate the display of place-specific catalogue entries on the Historypin website. The UKAT dataset contains a wealth of place-specific data capable of being geo-referenced. The project is led by Geoff Browell, Archivist at King’s College London, and Rory McNicholl of the University of London Computer Centre.

  6. Jon Voss

    Meet the Teams: Free Your Metadata


    Team: Free Your Metadata

    Country: Belgium

    Team Leader: Seth van Hooland

    Team Members: Ruben Verborgh, Max De Wilde

    “The Free Your Metadata project wants to leverage existing tools to generate more adoption of Linked Data principles amongst librarians, archivists and museum professionals. Academia and companies have generated tremendous progress the last ten years regarding standards and technologies. We want to focus on large-scale adoption of these standards and technologies by making them available for a non-technical audience.

    The last two years, the team has been working hard to raise awareness regarding metadata cleaning and reconciliation, which are fundamental steps in order to prepare your metadata for exposure on the web. Having clean metadata linked to existing vocabularies is only the first half of the story. The second half involves developing a sustainable way of dissemination that is able to withstand several waves of technological change. Especially in these economic harsh times, we need to think proactively on how cultural institutions can minimize changes in how they provide access to their electronic resources. Architectures such as HTTP that conform to the REST architectural style employ the resources-and-representations model to minimize the architectural impact when responding to change. Concretely, while RDF can be a suitable internal representation, on today’s Web, HTML and JSON representations need to be available as well, and these lists of formats can (and will) change in the feature. By January 2013, we will roll out a large-scale case study (Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York) in which we’ll illustrate how a cultural institution can provide a sustainable access to multiple representations of its resources and metadata. This case-study will be thoroughly documented on freeyourmetadata.org and presented at conferences in the US and Europe.

    Free Your Metadata is a scientific and a non-for-profit collaboration between Multimedia Lab (ELIS — Ghent University / iMinds) and MasTIC (Université Libre de Bruxelles).”


  7. Jon Voss

    Meet the Teams: FAO-OEKC


    Team FAO-OEKC

    Country: Italy

    Team Leader: Fabrizio Celli

    Team Members: Yves Jaques, Johannes Keizer, Stefano Anibaldi

    “The team is affiliated to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. We are working on the AGRIS dataset (http://agris.fao.org/). AGRIS is one of the most important world-wide bibliographic data repositories in the agricultural domain with more than 3.7 million of XML records. Although the number of records in AGRIS with URLs has exponentially increased in the last 5 years, it is still only 3% of the entire collection. Records are manually created by cataloguers, who often do not know whether a resource has a link to the full text. In addition, records are isolated, without relationships or connections to other bibliographic records or sources of information.

    In order to enrich the content of the AGRIS repository, since 2011 the AGRIS team works to connect the existing dataset to other information resources on the web (Figure 1) like:

    Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
    FAO Geopolitical Ontology
    AGRIS serials dataset
    Global capture production – FAO Fishery Statistical Collections
    World Bank

    AGROVOC (http://aims.fao.org/standards/agrovoc/linked-open-data) is used as the backbone for interlinking content, and the methodology applied is based on the Linked Data principles, a way to publish structured data and interlink with other existing datasets, in a machine readable way.

    As a result, OpenAGRIS acts as a web application to aggregate information from different Web sources with more than 100 million triples. Currently OpenAGRIS is a beta version, work interlinking to other datasets to expand the AGRIS repository is ongoing.”

  8. Jon Voss

    Applications open Oct. 2 – Nov. 2


    We are now accepting applications for delegates to the 2nd International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit, taking place in Montreal June 19-20, 2013.  Applications will be open Oct. 2-Nov. 2.  The LODLAM Challenge is also now underway, and it’s easy to register a team and post your entry for a chance of winning up to $2,000USD in travel awards plus a cash prize and bragging rights.

  9. Jon Voss

    Applications for LODLAM Summit open Oct. 2


    Applications for delegates to the International LODLAM Summit in Montreal will open at 8am, PST October 2, 2012, and closing 5pm PST, November 2, 2012.  Delegates will be selected and notified by November 16, 5pm PST.

    Unfortunately, we can only facilitate about 100 delegates at the LODLAM Summit, so we’re asking prospective delegates to fill out a short application, which will be available on October 2 at http://summit2013.lodlam.net with full details. Delegates will be selected to insure diversity of: leadership, technical expertise, field of work/research, and geographic location.  Additionally, preference will be given in order of application submissions.

    Because of the limited space, we are asking that institutions select one person as a delegate. We know this is difficult in bigger institutions, but one delegate will need to represent and report back to the institution.

    Please note that this is not an informational conference, but a meeting focused on forwarding the adoption of Linked Open Data in libraries, archives, and museums worldwide. Ideal candidates will be actively involved in or planning Linked Open Data projects. Throughout the year, we will hold meetings and seminars at various locations around the world that are open to more participants. All summit proceedings will be open and published in real time via the summit2013.lodlam.net blog, twitter, and potential other medium.

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